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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Glen Bolger
Dismal new poll numbers for President Obama in Virginia and North Carolina underscore a growing danger to his 2012 re-election hopes — his job-approval ratings have dropped below 50 percent in all of the key states that he "flipped" from the Republicans in 2008.
If the Democrats are looking for graveyards to whistle past, taking false courage in the babble of frightened voices, they should find them in the Middle West, where Republicans once owned most of the electoral real estate and Democrats have pried a lot of it out of their grip in recent decades.
"That's a pretty big move and is worthy of negotiation, not sneering rejection," Republican pollster Glen Bolger writes in a memo to GOP leaders. "Obama's refusal to negotiate and compromise needs to be hammered home. The press won't cover it unless we say it."
"These are the purplest of the purple — the true battlegrounds for 2012," Mr. Bolger wrote in a blog post. "One thing is certain — if the Republicans do not win at least seven of these nine states, we do not win back the White House."